Circulation & Reserve
The library is in the former Media Center (bldg. 3600) for the 2014-'15 school year while the library building is being renovated. See Foothill College Library Remodel for more information.
A Description of Primary Sources Using the Five "W's":
A primary source is testimony of direct evidence in the form of documents (diaries, interviews, letters, official records), creative works (novels, music, poetry, art), and artifacts (tools, pottery, furniture).
Primary sources are created, sometimes unwittingly, by observers, witnesses or recorders. They are recorded FIRST HAND, and in FIRST PERSON. A handed-down story or a compilation or interpretation is not a primary source.
Ideally, primary sources are created at or near the time of the event or situation. Primary sources can also be created at a later date, and may be found as autobiographies, memoirs or oral histories.
"Primary source" refers to the content not to the format. These sources can be found in their original format or in a reproduced format, including paper and electronic formats.
Primary sources can be created for any number of reasons, and when evaluating a primary document, it is important to consider any motives the person documenting the event my have for creating the source.